Summary:Data recovery from RAID drives is a tedious and complicated job that requires specialized tools. In this guide, we will take you through an effortless way to perform data recovery from RAID 0, RAID 5, and RAID 6 drives in Windows using Stellar Data Recovery Technician software.
It’s a common belief that RAID arrays— except RAID 0—should
not fail due to their fault-tolerance and auto rebuild capabilities. Consequently,
RAID backups are rarely done, which often leads to inevitable data disaster.
Depending on the RAID configuration and implementation—software or hardware-based— a RAID array
may degrade, fail, or get damaged and corrupt due to several reasons. And some
of the common reasons are as follow,
Hardware or software failure
Virus or malware infection
Abrupt and forced system shutdown or system crash
Disk errors or failure
Mechanical or physical damage
RAID rebuild errors and more
These errors may occur during normal use of the RAID array
or while RAID rebuild process.
Steps to Recover Data from RAID Drives
The following steps help you to recover data from RAID 0,
RAID 5, and RAID 6 drives effortlessly. All you need to do is select a few
options and save recovered data after a ‘Quick‘ or ‘Deep’ scan.
Step 1: Inspect RAID Drives for Errors
Unplug the RAID drives from RAID array and connect it to a
Windows PC individually via SATA connector or use SATA to USB converter
Click ‘Monitor Drive’ from more tools menu and from the top-right drop-down, choose RAID drive(s)—one at a time—to check the RAID drive health, performance, and SMART status. You may also scan and check the drive for bad sectors—which may have led to RAID failure
If the RAID drive health status is all green or
orange with no critical SMART errors, skip to the Step 2. If the drive health is poor and you see errors under SMART
Status, follow the instructions below to clone degraded RAID drive(s),
NOTE: This drive cloning is optional but highly recommended for safe data
recovery from RAID drives
Connect a new or healthy hard drive with volume size equal or larger than the affected RAID drive
Click ‘Clone Disk’ and choose the source (affected drive) and target disk (new or healthy drive) from respective drop-downs
and click ‘Start’ to accept and
begin clone process
Wait for the cloning process to finish. Repeat
the steps for other degraded RAID drives
Step 2: Recover Data from RAID 0, RAID 5, and RAID 6 drives
Close the Drive Monitor window and start the software again.
Data’ and click ‘Next.’
Pro Tip: You can use ‘Add Header’ option from main menu to
add custom or uncommon file types based on sample files for data recovery. This
option enables you to recover virtually any file type from any Windows-based
media including RAID 0, RAID 5, and RAID 6 arrays.
Recovery’ under ‘Other Locations’
and then click ‘Scan.’
Choose the RAID tab—RAID 0, RAID 5, or
All the hard disks connected to the system are
visible under ‘Select Hard drives to
reconstruct RAID’ list box. Click on the hard disks—one at a time—and use
the arrow button to add or remove RAID
drives from the ‘Select Hard drives to
Reconstruct RAID’ list box to ‘Move
hard drives up/down for disk order’
the up or down arrow buttons adjacent to the list view box to arrange disks in
sequence, which sequence starts from Disk 0. Arrange disks in the same order as
they were in the respective RAID stack
Click the ‘Don’t know start sector of drives. Show a list of probable start
sectors’ checkbox: only if you don’t know the start sector of the drive. A new checklist
box appears in the ‘Select RAID
Choose one or more probable start sectors or
add desired start sector in the text box & click the ‘Add Sector’ button
stripe or block size from the ‘Select
Stripe/Block Size’; Select parity order or rotation from the ‘Select Parity Order/Rotation’ dropdown;
and then select the parity repetition or delay from the ‘Select Parity Repetition/Delay’ dropdown. The RAID admin or user
who built it knows these values
adding and selecting the respective RAID parameters in the software, click the
‘Build RAID’ button
Wait until the software reconstructs your RAID
volume or probable RAID volumes if you don’t know required RAID parameters
RAID construction is finished, the RAID volume(s) is displayed in the ‘Select Constructed RAID’ window. Click
on ‘Show Volume List’ button
Volume to Recover Data’, choose the volume from the listed volumes of RAID
Then click the ‘Scan’ button and wait for the scan to finish
If the desired files are not found in the scan
results, click the ‘Click Here’ link
beside Deep Scan text at the bottom of the software to begin ‘Deep Scan’ process
Click on the ‘File Type’ tab and use the search
bar to quickly find required data fro recovery
At this stage, you can click on a file to see
its preview and then choose the files and folders that you want to recover
Then click the ‘Recover’ and then ‘Browse’ button
to select a save location—where you want to save the recovered data.
Make sure not to select the drive, which was
in the RAID array and now connected to your PC for recovery. Use an external
disk or internal disk with enough storage space to save recovered data.
you are running low on storage, save the scan information to recover data in
Click the ‘Start Saving’ button. The selected recovered files and folders will
be saved at your desired location
It is recommended that you should check RAID drives once in a while for SMART errors, mechanical issues, and optimization. You can perform these checks manually or automate using a tool such as Drive Monitor. These checks help you safeguard your RAID array against many common causes of RAID failure.
However, if RAID fails, you can use Stellar Data Recovery Techniciansoftware as an ultimate solution for your entire RAID and other Windows data recovery needs. The software can get back virtually any file format from a broken, corrupt, and degraded RAID 0, RAID 5, and RAID 6 array in no time. You can also bring back deleted files from RAID arrays and Windows-based storage media such as hard drives, memory cards, SSDs, thumb drives, and more.
All you have to do is connect RAID drives, and with a few
clicks, the software reconstructs RAID volumes—even if you don’t know or
remember the RAID parameters. You can then scan the reconstructed virtual RAID
0, RAID 5, or RAID 6 array and recover data effortlessly from RAID drives.
Plus, the software comes with photo and video repair tools
that can help your fix a corrupt or severely corrupt photo or video file.
Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.